'When you are faced with a world that doesn't care about you: fill it with Love. Aggressively. Or Else.'
Folks who stumble upon the "Ominous Positivity Memes" project on social media enter a world of aggressive optimism that practically threatens you to drink some water and take care of your fabulous selves. "When you are faced with a world that doesn't care about you: fill it with Love. Aggressively. Or Else," the page tells its nearly 700k followers on Facebook while reminding the 83.2k that follow it on Instagram: "You will get better. You have no choice." As indicated by the size of its audience, this tough love strategy appears to be exactly what people need in this often-depressing day and age.
Speaking to Bored Panda about why he thinks the Ominous Positivity Memes project has been so successful, founder Chris Ryan said: "I think everyone wants to help people, even if they are deep cynics. It's just that sometimes the only person someone can help is themselves. These memes reflect that. We can't do as much individually to save the dissolving ozone layer but we can make sure that we eat, move and stay hydrated. We also want to help our friends even if we can't help ourselves."
"So in order to do that we turn to encouragement. We need a message that will resonate with our peers and these slightly threatening messages of inevitable hope work better (for some) than flowery messages of a hope that is something hard to imagine is actually true. Self-worth can be a large goal for some people," he continued. "I think for some it's more about just surviving so they need this message of, 'I'm gonna survive no matter what' and if seeing these memes that they can send their friend to say, 'You're gonna survive too and that's a threat' help then great!"
"Especially us Millennials were raised with the message that a positive attitude can overcome all. Think of the classic cat pulling itself up poster with the words, 'Hang in there!' Well, all of the positive thinking in the world didn't stop us from inheriting a ruined economy and planet from previous generations nor stop the near onslaught of 'once in a lifetime' tragedies. So as a whole we tend to be cynical now," Ryan said. "Messages of, 'Hang in there!' and, 'You can do it!' are not met well because they sound like the fake things we were told through gritted teeth. We can't believe in being positive anymore because either it didn't work for us as a generation or more individually just remind of us the lies we were fed growing up. So the art and comedy, mostly through memes, has begun to reflect that cynicism."
Women don't want to look like Bond girls, women want to look like spectral figures coming out of the fog with their pack of wolves, leaves and feathers twisted in their hair, moss growing on their clothes, destructive magic pulsing at their fingertips— Katherine 🕯️✨ (@MageOfSolitude) January 18, 2020
it's easy to have the courage of a lion, they're gigantic and have claws and no natural predators— Cliff 🦖 Jerrison 🏳️⚧️ (@pervocracy) November 13, 2021
have the courage of the guinea pig, a two pound meat potato with zero offensive or defensive abilities, that will scream at an ape 100 times its size if their lettuce is too wilty
Re-enchant your life by making the mundane exciting. You are not “going to CVS,” you are visiting the apothecary to buy potions. You are not “running an errand,” you are doing a side quest. You are not “feeding the birds,” you are making an alliance with the crow queen.— Owl! at the Library 😴🧙♀️ (@SketchesbyBoze) August 5, 2021